$150,000 CyberQuest Pitch Competition

Gula Tech Adventures proudly announces our first ever cyber pitch competition - CyberQuest 2020. The winner will receive a $150,000 investment from Gula Tech Adventures! The event will be held April 21, 2020 in Columbia, Maryland.

Who Can Apply?

Our focus is cybersecurity companies based in the United States of America. We will also accept artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, cloud, virtual reality and automation start-ups. 100% of the start-up executive team must be based in the USA. The company must be technology focused and develop software or offer a SaaS solution for sale.

How To Apply

Companies wishing to apply should email a PDF version of their pitch deck, a proposed term sheet and a completed Consent and Release Agreement to [email protected] by March 20, 2020. Our top five finalists will be notified by the week of March 30. Submitting cyber companies are highly encouraged to utilize the "Five Slide Pitch Deck" approach. Brevity, clarity and focus are appreciated not only by the judges in this competition, but by your future customers as well! Cyber founders might also benefit from the Cyber Start-Ups section of our blog.

Judging and Competition

Gula Tech Adventures portfolio company founders will review the submitted pitch decks and term sheets and each will pick their top five companies they think would make a good investment. The top five companies with the most votes from our portfolio founders will be invited to participate in the CyberQuest on April 21, 2020.

Finalists will be invited to a private 30 minute pitch (10 minute presentation with 15 minutes of questioning) with our judges during the morning of April 21. Our judges will each be given a virtual budget to invest across the five companies and the company which receives the most investment will win the actual $150,000 direct investment from Gula Tech Adventures. In the afternoon, finalists will also present their ten minute company presentation to our audience of cyber investors, practitioners, entrepreneurs and experts. After the portfolio presentations, the judges will award the winner.

Attending the April 21 Event

CyberQuest will be held at 4:00 PM on April 21st, 2020 in Columbia, Maryland. Gula Tech Adventures has invited a large number of cyber investors, innovators and experts from across the country. The event will be hosted by Gula Tech Adventures President, Ron Gula, and will include pitches from the five finalists companies, an award ceremony during which the winner of the $150,000 investment will be announced and plenty of time to meet each other during the event. If you would like to receive an invitation to this event, please send a request to participate with your background to [email protected]. There is no fee, but we are limiting attendance to the cyber community of users, investors and experts.

CyberQuest Judges

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Greg Dracon
.406 Ventures Partner
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Cyndi Gula
Gula Tech Adventures Co-Founder
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Justin Label
InnerLoop Capital Founder

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Jerry Perullo

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Marty Roesch
Snort Author & Sourcefire Founder

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Michael Sutton
StoneMill Ventures Founder


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